The ethical and legal scandals at Enron, WorldCom, Tyco and many other businesses in the United States, Europe and Asia have shaken people’s confidence in business. Corporate Integrity and Accountability seeks to address questions of corporate integrity as they arise for financial reporting, executive compensation, globalization, and business ethics itself. The chapters are the product of leading business ethicists—both academic and practitioner—in the U.S. and Europe, resulting in the application of different methodologies, sources, and forms of argument. This gives the reader a sense not only of the complexity of some of the ethical issues business faces, but also the richness of the various resources that are available to address these issues.

The Need for Corporate Integrity

The need for corporate integrity
George G.Brenkert

The nature of business and its place in society has been a topic of considerable importance for centuries. Economic, political, social, and ethical issues are all intertwined in this discussion. However, the last several decades have led to a situation of considerable irony, in which noteworthy achievements of business have been confronted with its great failures, and in which increasing discussion of corporate responsibility has been faced with the massive irresponsibility of some businesses. This book is about this complex, ironical, and important situation. It is also about the responses that some individuals and organizations have been urging as well as putting into place to address this situation. There is a great deal to be ...

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